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Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3752
Views: 542969

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xTBh3J8huQ <-- holy effin' crap! :o Just can't stop listening to this clip. The first time through, she starts playing and I'm like "hey, this sounds like it is going to be pretty good"... then she starts singing, and I'm like "oh, wow!"... and f...
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Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?
Replies: 3752
Views: 542969

Re: What are you listening to RIGHT NOW?

Pretty cool cover of one of my favorite songs ever: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0RV0kgdqJU Made me LOL because it is so f*cking over the top, but so good at the same time. I think I am in love with the female singer/guitarist. I enjoyed that way to much, and agree... I think she was looking at...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

I had to have one of these for my Calculus I class back in Nineteen Hundred and Ninety Six. I think we've stumbled upon a dating method for future archaeologists. Estimate the age of the geek by the calculator they used in college. :P The generation before mine used slide rules. I was pretty much r...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: weird issue would like your input

Back in the day, the fan in the PSU of my dual Athlon (MPX) rig failed. I started to smell burning electronics, then noticed that the outside of the PC case (over the PSU, this was an old-style case with top PSU mount) was quite hot. Immediately shut the system down and swapped in a spare PSU...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3123

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Would be a much smaller issue if I hadn't bought a number of the crappy 1st-gen Cree bulbs. They account for nearly all of the failures. Those are fun. Break open the silicone-coated glass, and then the LED assembly is folded around the heatsink core. It slides right out as the contacts are merely ...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: weird issue would like your input
Replies: 9
Views: 218

Re: weird issue would like your input

Until I got towards the end of your post I was going to say "PSU", but I guess that has been (mostly) ruled out. Could've been a dead CMOS battery was the original trigger (if you still have the old battery and have a multimeter, check its voltage). Also sounds like whatever you were doing...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

In a sort-of-related vein, git is the RPN of source code management systems. It seemed pretty alien to me at first, but it is very powerful. Designed for managing large distributed development projects, by the person who manages one of the larger (and most widely used) Open Source projects. :wink: I...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: I miss my TiVo!
Replies: 11
Views: 243

Re: I miss my TiVo!

The Xfinity UI is a mess too. My wife actually uses the voice control feature to find stuff; that seems to work reasonably well.
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

RPN calculators are significantly more efficient than algebraic calculators, since they require fewer keystrokes and you don't have to worry about mismatched parentheses. Yup... they seem pretty alien until your brain has internalized that algebraic-to-RPN compiler though! I can definitely see how ...
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Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

Yes, once you learn to think in RPN it is actually faster, since it requires fewer keystrokes.
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

My calculator in college was a Ti-58C

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TI-59_/_TI-58
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3123

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Would be a much smaller issue if I hadn't bought a number of the crappy 1st-gen Cree bulbs. They account for nearly all of the failures.
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

3) mATX mobo/case places the GPU closer to the bottom panel fan for more direct airflow path. 4) Shorter front-back case dimension is better because it places the front panel fans closer to the CPU/GPU Overall airflow is probably more important than proximity of the CPU/GPU to the intakes. At the e...
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3123

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Yeah, I've been scratching my head over how to dispose of dead LED bulbs too. You can try Batteries+Bulbs, I know they take CFL bulbs for a fee. There's a list of bulb types they take on their web site: https://www.batteriesplus.com/t/recycling/Light-Bulb LED is conspicuously absent. Paying someone...
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Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)
Replies: 53
Views: 3123

Re: YALBT (Yet Another LED Bulb Thread)

Recently, I had my first LED bulb failure. A non-dimmable Walmart $2.44 60watt equivalent that ran continuously at 8.5watts for two years and three months upside down in a surface mount ceiling fixture on a three year warranty. I took it to the service desk in an original box with the receipt and t...
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Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:58 pm
Forum: System Builders Anonymous
Topic: Case selection for silence, on air?
Replies: 25
Views: 733

Re: Case selection for silence, on air?

As an aside, my current work/play space is a basement room. My current system is in my storage area, literally on the other side of cinder block wall, through which many years ago I drilled a large-diameter hole, and ran long DVI-D and HDMI cables through. That has been perfect silence (and also pe...
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Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 364
Views: 93286

Re: TR Haiku thread

Coming down the stairs
Realized my error, but
You already saw
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Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: TR Haiku thread
Replies: 364
Views: 93286

Re: TR Haiku thread

Cold wind in April
Terrible code makes me rage
Select all, press Delete
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Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Simple KeyBoard
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Simple KeyBoard

@Chrispy_ - Are you sure the problematic batteries weren't NiCd? NiMH are less affected by the "memory effect" than NiCd. And lithium-based battery tech doesn't age particularly well either.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:11 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: DYMT: Imi's Legacy
Replies: 2729
Views: 98202

Re: DYMT: Imi's Legacy

TFW... You're building a custom Linux kernel with out-of-tree drivers, and the kernel build fails because the Makefile for one of the out-of-tree drivers is incompatible with the "-j" option (multi-threaded make). :roll:
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Ever heard of J&W?
Replies: 5
Views: 381

Re: Ever heard of J&W?

Probably a contract manufacturer that mostly produces boards for other vendors/OEMs.
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Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:12 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: How to delete a system dynamic partition
Replies: 4
Views: 2350

Re: How to delete a system dynamic partition

@blahsaysblah - Dynamic partitions and UEFI are not tied to each other AFAIK. You can have either one without the other. At least, this was the case in earlier versions of Windows. The best way to ensure that there's no partition cruft left to mess up your new install is to back up all of the data p...
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Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Warning about Newegg
Replies: 34
Views: 2263

Re: Warning about Newegg

I've thought about moving to Alaska later in my life, when I'm closer to retirement age. I'm not exactly a people person so the farther away I am from the big mob of screaming apes and their self-immolating PoliSci overlords the happier I'll be. And given the nature of what I do for a living, it's ...
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Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...
Replies: 33
Views: 1507

Re: Win10 still capable of activating on Win7 keys, apparently...

I've not seen a single ad in the operating system . In apps? Yes. From the OS? No. You think OS X, iOS, Linux, or Android are any better from that perspective? Not even close. None of my Linux apps show me ads. :wink: If you didn't purchase the product, you are the product. Most desktop Linux distr...
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Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

The Kaypro basically killed Osborne. Some of it was self-inflicted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_effect Sure, they made a lot of bad decisions. But if Kaypro hadn't grabbed most of the market niche they occupied, they would've probably survived for at least another product generation (if n...
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Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

The Kaypro basically killed Osborne.
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Sun Apr 15, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?

Well, with the media encoding and VMs, your proposed upgrade sounds like a reasonable way to get some extra resources for that without having to shell out for a new platform and DDR4. 8GB is really tight to be running VMs, and getting enough DDR4 for a new build is gonna cost a LOT.
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Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Motherboards, Chipsets, & RAM
Topic: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?
Replies: 5
Views: 267

Re: Should I buy: 4x8GB DDR3-2400 (G.Skill Ripjaws) for $160?

If the RAM hasn't been abused, that's a very good price these days (as I'm sure you're aware). Are you sure your motherboard is compatible with the Xeon? Just because it is the same socket type does not mean it has BIOS support. I also see that the base clock on the Xeon is much lower (though turbo ...
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Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Midwest blizzard
Replies: 34
Views: 967

Re: Midwest blizzard

We're OK in Chicago, other than being unseasonably cool and the warnings about 18 foot waves and flooding along the Lake Michigan shoreline. :o
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Sat Apr 14, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: [SOLVED] Cheap laptop with good keyboard.
Replies: 25
Views: 698

Re: Cheap laptop with good keyboard.

I don't think there's any overlap between the Elitebook and Envy lines, but it's always good to check. The recall did affect some Probook products but those are still a lot closer to consumer-class derp than the actually fairly decent corporate stuff. With HP/Dell/Lenovo notebooks, I say either go ...